US judge asked to expand order blocking Iraqis' deportation

Supporters say the immigrants would face persecution in Iraq since many of them are Christians.

"US law prohibits the removal of individuals to countries where they would face a likelihood of persecution or torture", the ACLU lawsuit stated.

ICE is reviewing the judge's order.

"The agency intends to comply with the terms of the order, while determining the appropriate next steps", Walls said via email.

"The biggest concern here is the vast majority of the Chaldeans, Syrians and Christians come from what is known as ISIS territory".

The arrests sparked protests in the Detroit area.

Chaldeans are indigenous Iraqis linked to the Roman Catholic Church and mainly based in northern Iraq for centuries. That their lives would be in danger if they were returned could be said about hundreds of thousands of illegals from Central America and elsewhere. Questions have also surfaced regarding the ICE's right to detain the Iraqis and to move them to a detention center in Ohio.

Shoki Konja, 57, was excited about the judge's decision to grant a temporary stay. Shoki Konja of Franklin is fighting for the release of his brother - Najah - who was among those rounded up by ICE agents two weeks ago.

"Finally someone is listening to us", Konja told WWJ. "We are American, and we are part of the system".

WWJ Legal Analyst Charlie Langton explained during a live broadcast that if Snyder takes the pardon then those detained without a criminal record would be free to go. He was convicted of drug conspiracy charges as a 21-year-old and spent about 20 years behind bars. They began migrating to the Detroit area in the 1920s. He's engaged and has been staying out of trouble, his brother said. "We are looking forward to a judge who will seriously consider that he has jurisdiction and he can give these young people a chance to give their case".

Shoki hopes a judge will rule that his brother can stay in the United States, where he's lived for nearly 40 years.

Dass said he had two clients that contacted him when the Trump administration first announced its immigration policy.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted the plaintiffs a 14-day stay of the government's execution of their final orders of removal.

The US attorney's office argued that a federal district court did not have jurisdiction over whether or not these Iraqis can be deported.

Goldsmith didn't exactly agree or disagree with the United States attorney's office in his decision granting the temporary stay. "The public interest is also better served by an orderly court process that assures that petitioners' invocation of federal court relief is considered before the removal process continues", Goldsmith wrote.

Goldsmith granted the stay "pending the Court's determination regarding whether it has subject-matter jurisdiction", according to court documents.

  • Larry Hoffman